Coaching

Coaching can improve your wellbeing and effectiveness at work. Some typical areas we cover:

  • Communication skills – listening, supporting, giving feedback.
  • Mastering anxiety - giving presentations, travel.
  • Conflict resolution – different styles, dealing with difficult people.
  • Stress management – personalised plans.
  • Developing resilience – personalised plans based on the group workshop.
  • Developing assertiveness – whether from a starting place of compliance, avoidance or aggression.
  • Overcoming writing/creativity blocks.
  • Planning for life changes – parenthood, job shift, retirement.

Many of these topics overlap with issues that might be discussed in counselling. Everyone who works as a coach in our service is also therapeutically trained and therefore has a depth of understanding of the obstacles people often face. The emphasis is on setting achievable goals, helping you to focus, providing impartial advice and support and challenging self-limiting beliefs or self-sabotage.

Coaching is also available for major life changes

Maternity/paternity

NB - This is offered through the Staff Career Coaching Service. Please contact them directly on staff-coaching@bristol.ac.uk.

Maternity/paternity/SPL career coaching is designed to support you. Having children may change your perceptions about yourself and your relationship with work.  We offer three confidential coaching sessions, a total of 3.5 hours.  The agenda is set by you.  The kinds of issues people tend to explore are:

  • Work/life balance
  • Identifying shifting priorities
  • Refocusing professional and personal goals
  • The challenge of letting go before maternity/SPL leave
  • Confidence building on return from maternity/SPL leave
  • Negotiating flexible working arrangements in order to support your partner and child at home

You may choose to spread your sessions out so that you have one before your leave, one during and one after, or any configuration that suits you.  You could use a session during your leave as one, or part of one, of your Keeping in Touch Days (by combining it with a visit to your department, for example), which means you can be paid for your time.  The last point at which you can request an appointment is six months after your return from maternity/paternity/SPL leave.

Book an appointment

The service is accessed through the Staff Coaching Service.  If you would like to book a session please email staff-coaching@bristol.ac.uk with your requirements.  The Staff Coaching Service is located at 8 Osborne Villas, which is quiet and private, but alternative locations can be arranged where necessary.


Retirement

We can help you plan for your future


Redundancy

We can help you plan for your future